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Issue : The Pharmaceutical Journal, February 2005

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  • John Bavosi/SPL

    Arrhythmias — overview of the condition

    1 FEB 2005 16:57

    Arrhythmia is a term which refers to any change in the normal rate or rhythm of the heart. Arrhythmias occur secondary to alterations in the generation or conduction of electrical activity within the myocardium. In order to understand them fully it is necessary first to know a little about how the heart’s normal rate and rhythm are maintained.

  • Michael Donne / SPL

    Arrhythmias - the options for treatment

    1 FEB 2005 14:27

    The goal of treatment for patients with arrhythmias is preferably to return the heart to sinus rhythm, or failing that, at least to stabilise the rate. The second article in this month’s special feature reviews the pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatment options available

  • The pension crisis — what the future is for NHS employees Subscription

    1 FEB 2005

    Peter Davies is an independent financial adviser and practice principal, Ashley Law Cathedral, Cardiff

  • Clinical trial reports — why it is important to read the “small print” Subscription

    1 FEB 2005 0:00

    Rachel Graham is staff editor on Hospital Pharmacist

  • Admissions increased by "at home" reviews

    1 FEB 2005 0:00

    Emergency admissions to hospitals are increased by medication reviews carried out by pharmacists in patients’ homes, according to research published last month in the BMJ.

  • Consultation started on reform of NHS final-salary pension

    1 FEB 2005 0:00

    Pension payments will still not “rely on the vagaries of the stock market”

  • Trusts set monthly Agenda for Change targets

    1 FEB 2005 0:00

    NHS trusts have been set a timetable of targets to ensure that Agenda for Change will be fully implemented by the end of September. By the end of February, 20 per cent of staff should have a Knowledge and Skills

  • First hospital pharmacy technicians register

    1 FEB 2005 0:00

    Pharmacy technicians have started registering with the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, in a process which will lead to mandatory registration by 2007. When Hospital Pharmacist went to press, 139 technicians had been registered.

  • Patients to report suspected ADRs

    1 FEB 2005 0:00

    Yellow card scheme is to be extended to patients, with wider access to data for independent researchers as well

  • Medicines information error and near miss database set up

    1 FEB 2005 0:00

    A database of medication errors and near misses occurring within medicines information services in NHS hospital pharmacy departments across the UK has been launched by the clinical governance working group of UK Medicines Information (UKMI). The database, known as IRMIS (Incident Reporting in Medicines Information Scheme), covers incidents in medicines information

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